EGCC shows its mission in action

Eastern Gateway Community College has once again shown it is willing to step forward when a need arises.

EGCC, with its main facilities in Steubenville, also has a campus in Youngstown, where a substantial number of people have started to look for new jobs as a result of General Motors’ decision to shut down its Lordstown plant. As many as 5,000 jobs, including those not at the plant itself but dependent on it, may be lost.

Displaced GM workers and others affected by the closure will be offered special services, EGCC officials have announced. Some courses that may help the workers find new jobs will be offered to them free of charge.

Community and technical colleges have embraced an important role in retraining displaced workers for many years. Jimmie Bruce, EGCC president, and other officials at the school deserve credit for acting quickly and decisively in regard to the GM closure.

Providing services to laid-off GM workers will be expensive, but the plans fit into the mission of the community college, which includes asking it to provide work force training that can help the affected workers get back onto their feet quickly.

For more than 50 years, EGCC and its predecessors have strived to offer programs that benefit the community. The decision to help those who will be displaced in Lordstown is just one example of that mission in action.